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Annals Information for Contributors

Mission Statement

The Academy of Management Annals is a peer-reviewed journal that provides up-to-date, in-depth examinations of the latest advances in various management fields. The Annals features critical and potentially provocative research reviews written by leading scholars exploring a wide variety of research topics. Annals reviews summarize and/or challenge established assumptions and concepts, pinpoint problems and errors, inspire discussions, and illuminate possible avenues for further study. Research reviews published in the Annals are geared toward academic scholars in management and allied fields such as sociology of organizations and organizational psychology.

Criteria for Publication

All articles in the Academy of Management Annals should review, synthesize, interpret, and critique the literature on management-related topics. Annals reviews do not stop at merely summarizing what has been done during a recent period of time, but should feature critical and potentially provocative positions that are grounded in the review.

A yes to any of the following questions generally leads to rejection:

  1. is this actually a theory-development paper?
  2. is this a traditional review that just updates a literature and lacks a point of view? and
  3. is the scope of the topic too narrow to be of general interest, or too broad to be covered in one article?
  4. is there enough extant empirical literature to provide a substantial review?

Proposal Guidelines

SUBMITTING AN ARTICLE PROPOSAL

The Academy of Management Annals (Annals) follows a two-step process for article submissions. First, authors must submit a brief proposal that summarizes the critical aspects of the article (see below). Proposals will be peer-reviewed and evaluated based on the extent to which they meet the criteria listed below. Proposals should be no longer than 5 pages, single-spaced with standard 1-inch margins and in a 12-point font. References, article elements (to include tables, figures and graphs) and CVs are not counted in the 5 page threshold and can be included at the end of the proposal.

The proposal must include the following information with the following headings.

  1. Executive Summary: In two or three sentences, describe the topic of and reason for the review. The reason for the review should be more than "it hasn't been done in a while" - but include some trend or emerging perspective that provokes your review or arises from your review (you should elaborate on this perspective or "point of view" under heading #4 below).
  2. What relevant literatures or perspectives will be the basis of your review? Be sure to clarify that there is a sufficient literature or literatures, and how you will fairly and thoroughly organize the full complement of relevant literature.
  3. What are the important or critical issues that your review will reveal using that literature?
  4. What are the new insights/perspectives/positions you are offering on those issues?
  5. What are implications for future research?
  6. Describe the roles of the authors on the research team (include CVs). We will assess the qualifications and involvement of the entire research team to do the work proposed.

Electronic submission instructions are detailed below. The Annals submission process has been specifically designed to involve the Associate Editors and a formal review of each properly formatted proposal, which ensures all submissions receive fair and equal treatment. While we encourage questions regarding the Annals publication, the editors are unable to reply to individual inquiries that would normally be answered via the established proposal review process. We do not respond to "informal" and "pre-review" requests that are sent outside of the submission system and directly to the editors.

Once you have formatted your proposal according to the guidelines listed on the information for contributors page, please visit our Manuscript Central submission page to upload your proposal and CV. Please designate your CV as a supplementary file for Review.

Electronic submission instructions are detailed below.

Authors are encouraged to contact the incoming editors, Kimberly Elsbach or Daan van Knippenberg, with any questions or suggestions. You may also contact the editorial office (annals@aom.org).

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

When authors submit their proposal or manuscript to ANNALS for publication consideration, they agree to abide by ANNALS publication requirements. Specifically, an author must:

  • Agree that the proposal or manuscript is not under review for publication elsewhere and will not be submitted to another publication entity during the review period at ANNALS.
  • Confirm that the proposal or manuscript has not previously been submitted to ANNALS for review. This includes prior submission of a proposal that covers the same general topic area. The key issue here is the extent to which the proposal focuses on a review of the same literature as an earlier proposal submission. If submitters are unsure if a new proposal is distinct enough from a prior proposal to qualify for submission, they should contact the editors for clarification.
  • A copy of all authors' current CVs must be uploaded as part of the Proposal submission process. Authors interested in publishing articles in the Academy of Management Annals MUST first submit a brief proposal outlining their project. Please review Proposal Guidelines for directions. If the proposal is accepted, the author will be invited to submit an article.

Authors interested in publishing articles in the Academy of Management Annals MUST first submit a brief proposal outlining their project. Please review Proposal Guidelines for directions. If the proposal is accepted, the author will be invited to submit an article.

To submit a proposal or an invited, full manuscript, first make sure you have a Word file. All submissions must be single-spaced in a 12 point font. Then, go to the Web site at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/Aomannals/ and follow the directions. Acknowledgments of others' help in preparing the paper for submission should be included in the letter to the Editor that is featured as part of the Web-based submission process.

Submitting a Manuscript

Electronic Submission Instructions

Directions for Using Manuscript Central

Directions for New Users

Go to the Manuscript Central Website. On the right-hand side, you will see a box that says New User? Click on "Register here."

Registering is a three-step process.

  1. Email and name: Enter salutation, name, and email address
  2. Address: Enter mailing address
  3. User ID & password: Here, you must create a password.
    1. Keyword: We require that you submit three keywords for each document you are submitting. From the drop-down menu of keywords select a keyword, then click Add
    2. Unavailable dates: This is only for reviewers. Please leave blank.
    3. Signature: Insert your name and title.
    4. Browse: This should be left blank; you will upload your document later.

If you need assistance uploading your paper, please contact the ScholarOne helpline on weekdays (Monday - Friday) between 12:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST at 1-434-964-4100 or 1-888-503-1050 (US). You may also email them at: ts.mcsupport@thomson.com or visit their "get help now" website: http://mchelp.manuscriptcentral.com/gethelpnow/

DIRECTIONS FOR USERS WITH AN ACCOUNT

Go to the Manuscript Central Website and log in. At the Welcome Page, go to Author Center. On the right-hand side of the page, you will see Author Resources. Click below to submit a new document.

This is a six-step process.

  1. Type, title & abstract
    1. Document Type: From the drop-down menu, select type of document.
    2. Insert title.
    3. Insert abstract (if you are submitting a proposal, insert a brief description about your proposal).
  2. Attributes
    1. Keyword: We require that you submit three keywords for each document you are submitting. From the drop-down menu of keywords, select a keyword. Then click Add.
  3. Authors & institutions
    1. This page allows you to add additional authors.
  4. Details & comments
    1. Answer all questions on this page. Please note that you should include any acknowledgments in the Cover Letter section. Because of the distinctive nature of ANNALS papers, the qualifications of the author to provide a definitive review of the area proposed is relevant to the decision to issue an invitation.  Thus, ANNALS requires all authors to submit a current Curriculum Vitae (CV) as part of the submission process.
  5. File upload
    1. Please note that File Designation is a drop down list and refers to the type of document that the author is uploading: proposal, article, CV (required for all authors for all submissions), table, figure/image, supplementary file for review (which can be viewed by editors and reviewers), or supplementary file not for review (for the editor's eyes only).
  6. Review & submit
    1. This page allows you to review your entire application and make any necessary changes before submitting.

If you need assistance uploading your paper, please contact the ScholarOne helpline on weekdays (Monday - Friday) between 12:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST at 1-434-964-4100 or 1-888-503-1050 (US). You may also email them at: ts.mcsupport@thomson.com or visit their "get help now" website at: http://mchelp.manuscriptcentral.com/gethelpnow/.

DIRECTIONS FOR NEW USERS

Go to the Annals area of Manuscript Central Website. On the right-hand side, you will see a box that says New User? Click on "Register here."

Registering is a three-step process

  1. Email and name: Enter salutation, name, and email address
  2. Address: Enter mailing address
  3. User ID & password: Here, you must create a password.
    1. Keyword: From the drop-down menu, select the keywords that describe your area of expertise. We will use this information to assign you articles to review.
    2. Unavailable dates: Let us know if you are unavailable to review during a particular time period.
    3. Signature: Insert your name and title.
    4. Browse: This should be left blank.

If you need assistance uploading your paper, please contact the ScholarOne helpline on weekdays (Monday - Friday) between 12:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST at 1-434-964-4100 or 1-888-503-1050 (US). You may also email them at: ts.mcsupport@thomson.com or visit their "get help now" website: http://mchelp.manuscriptcentral.com/gethelpnow/

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